Characterization of a Novel Spirochete Associated with the Hydrothermal Vent Polychaete Annelid, Alvinella pompejana

Barbara J. Campbell, S. Craig Cary, Applied and Environmental Microbiology

This Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal article reports the characterization of a novel microbe associated with the hydrothermal vent tubeworm Alvinella pompejana, the most thermotolerant and eurythermal metazoan yet described. The results of the study support the hypothesis that some of the epibionts of A. pompejana are chemoheterotrophic.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations, Biology:Diversity, Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Molecular Methods, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14)
Extreme Environments: High Pressure, Extremely Hot
Ocean Environments: Deep Sea Floor/Abyssal:Hydrothermal SystemsKeywords: DGGE, 16S rDNA, PCR, RFLP